Gerhard Richter: New York 2023

Foreword by David Zwirner. Text by Dieter Schwarz

This highly anticipated catalogue, accompanying Gerhard Richter’s first exhibition with David Zwirner, presents Richter’s last paintings along with his recent explorations in drawing, printing, and sculpture.

“[His last paintings] can feel almost like exquisite texts to be read. . . . Their freshness and spontaneity feels like a new beginning.” —Roberta Smith, The New York Times

Known for his abstract and realist paintings, Gerhard Richter has pursued a diverse and influential practice characterized by a decades-long commitment to the medium and its formal and conceptual possibilities. This remarkable book celebrates the breadth of Richter’s newest bodies of work and archives a historical moment in the artist’s career.

Full-color plates and installation views showcase a selection of the artist’s final works on canvas—made just before he announced his retirement from oil painting in 2017—alongside an expansive suite of new drawings made with ink, graphite, and colored pencil on paper, a remarkable series of chromatic inkjet prints titled mood, and a stunning glass sculpture that debuted at the exhibition in New York. A newly commissioned essay by Dieter Schwarz, one of the foremost experts on Richter’s oeuvre, illustrates the artist’s path toward his newest bodies of work. Schwarz describes Richter in his studio, revealing the creative process behind his iconic practice. 


Publisher: David Zwirner Books

Artists: Gerhard Richter

Contributors: Dieter Schwarz

Designer: Silke Fahnert, Uwe Koch, Cologne

Printer: Trifolio, Verona

Publication Date: 2023

Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 9.5 × 11.75 in | 24 × 30 cm

Pages: 192

Reproductions: 132 illustrations

ISBN: 9781644231135

Retail: $75 | $100 CAN | £65

Status: Available

Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) was born in Dresden, Germany. He studied art at the Dresden Hochschule für Bildende Künste from 1951 to 1956, with mural painting as his main course. In 1959, he visited documenta II, held in Kassel, Germany, an experience that inspired him to alter his artistic trajectory. After his escape from East Germany in 1961, he completed a second course of study at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. Since the 1960s, Richter’s critically acclaimed and hugely popular work has been the subject of major museum retrospectives worldwide, and features in public and private collections internationally. Gerhard Richter lives and works in Cologne, Germany.

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Dieter Schwarz

Dieter Schwarz was born in 1953 in Zurich, where he studied German and French literature, linguistics, and comparative literature. From 1985 to 1990, he was a curator at Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, and from 1990 to 2017, he served as the director of Kunstmuseum Winterthur. Schwarz has curated numerous exhibitions and authored  many publications on artists from early modernity to the present, including  Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard, Jean Fautrier, Henri Michaux; the Italian Arte Povera artists Giovanni Anselmo, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, and Marisa Merz; and Richard Artschwager, James Bishop, John Chamberlain, Alfred Jensen, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Robert Ryman, Fred Sandback,  Richard Tuttle, Lawrence Weiner, and, in particular, Gerhard Richter and Thomas Schütte. Schwarz is the author of the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Richter’s drawings. He is member of the Menil Drawing Institute Advisory Committee and serves on the board of Thomas Schütte Foundation.